Red Bird of Paradise

Male Red BOP was performing courtship dance
to attract his female birds.
Here are the photographs of Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) that I watched when I went birding in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat.
There are several places in the island which birders could visit to watch the birds. The ones that I know are Warafar, Mamdifu and Fish Lagoon forests in the eastern region of the island. There are also some birding sites in southern region of Waigeo, particularly Saporkren where the Red BOP could be seen. The best time to watch the birds is early in the morning at approximately  05.30 to 09.00.
From my personal experience, morning time is not always the best time because most often the birding site is against the morning sunlight. I usually checked the birding site first before deciding whether it is good to watch in the morning or in the afternoon. If the bench for birdwatchers or birding platform is in the east or northeast of the tree, morning time is the best. If it is in the west or south west, afternoon time will be the better choice. Watching birds of paradise with sunlight against our eyes will not give us the best birding experience. Most often, when we want to take pictures of birds in high tree in backlight condition, what we will get are dark or glare pictures.
When the sun is behind us during the birding time, we will get brighter and sharper pictures of the paradise birds.
The population of birds of paradise in the forest is decreasing due to continuous logging activities and poaching. The introduction of birding tourism in Raja Ampat is very important in supporting local people to protect their forest and animals that live in it.
Tiger Orchid
While travelling in the forest, it is not only birds that can be seen but also other animals and unique plants. One day, I went to the eastern most area of Waigeo island. While exploring the tropical rainforest, I saw beautiful orchid flowers at a steep hill. I was surprized to see that flowers were very fragrant. I took pictures of the flowers and then did some research on the internet about this interesting plant. Finally, I could identify it. Its name was  Queen of the Orchids (Grammatophyllum speciosum). It is also called Tiger Orchid. by Charles Roring
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Wilson's Bird of Paradise

Male Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Here is the picture of Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) that I saw when I went organized birdwatching tour for 2 Australian and 1 Chinese visitors in the southern region of Waigeo island - Raja Ampat archipelago. We had to wake up early in the morning at 04.00 to make preparations before leaving our guesthouse for the birding site by a small motorized boat. When we arrived at the beach, we still had to hike for one hour to reach the birding hut where visitors usually watched the bird. Unfortunately the weather was not so good. It was six o'clock morning time and it started to rain heavily.
We had to wait for 12 hours just to see Wilson. Finally, we could hear his calls again and soon after that he landed on his playing ground at approximately 16.00. He cleaned the ground picking up dry leaves and twigs. He was there for approximately 30 minutes, long enough for us to take pictures of this beautiful bird. The female bird did not come but we were satisfied with the sighting of the male one. The next morning, we were able to watch the Red Bird of Paradise. It was a tiring but very successful trip.
A Guesthouse in Raja Ampat
Abundant Marine Life
The guesthouse where we stayed during our birding tour in Raja Ampat stood above sea water with beautiful coral reef and marine life. So, it was not only birding that we enjoyed but also swimming and snorkeling. I wish I could take pictures of the tropical fish. Unfortunately, my underwater camera was broken and could not be used anymore. We only spent nearly 3 days/ 2 nights here but it was an unforgetable experience. I hope that I will be able to return to this place again in the near future. by Charles Roring
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Common Paradise Kingfisher

Common Paradise Kingfisher
Here is the photograph of Common Paradise Kingfisher that I saw in Susnguakti forest of Arfak range when I guided a French lady for 3 days/ 2 nights on a hiking and birding tour in the area. Actually, we were not waiting for the Kingfisher. What we were waiting for was Lesser Birds of Paradise. We sat silently on the ground under some trees while listening to the calls of the paradise birds on the canopy of the forest. Suddenly, the Common Paradise Kingfisher landed on the branch of a tree just a few meters from me. I quickly aimed my Fujifilm HS50EXR at the bird and pressed the shutter button of my camera several times. Seconds later, the bird flew away again. Actually, I used to see the same bird several months earlier in the same place where I made good photographs of the Paradise Kingfisher. During the tour, we also saw Dwarf Cassowary, Hooded Butcherbird and the Lesser Birds of Paradise that we were waiting for.

My Bridge Birding Camera

Lesser Birds of Paradise shot by Fujifilm HS50EXR
Most professional photographers use D-SLR camera with telephoto lens to take pictures of birds. However, they are very expensive and heavy. I have used bridge cameras for birding since 2010. The quality of photographs, may not be the best, but is good enough for bird identification and picture sharing on my blog and social media. My first bridge camera was Nikon Coolpix P500. I used it when I traveled to a lot of regions not only in West Papua but also in Indonesia. Later, when the camera could not function properly anymore, I bought Nikon Coolpix P600. It was a nice camera but had a very short life. I did not make a lot of pictures of birds with the P600. Now, there are Nikon P900 and Nikon P1000 on the market but I haven't tested them yet.
Grass flowers in Tambrauw Mountain
My Current Birding Camera
After using Nikon cameras for several years, I decided to buy a different camera from different brand. I bought a Fujifilm HS50EXR. After using the cameras for several years, I could say that this is my best choice. I have captured hundreds of good quality pictures of birds, butterflies, flowers and landscape scenery. The camera is not expensive compared to high end D-SLR camera. To take pictures of  birds, I have to turn the lens barrel manually. This saves the battery life of my camera. I often spend 3 days up to 2 weeks guiding visitors on a birding trip in the jungle of West Papua from the tropical rainforest of Arfak mountains to Klasow valley, to Raja Ampat. For that long trip, I always have 1 extra battery in the pocket of my bag. I also put the charging device and its cable in it. My Fujifilm HS50EXR allows me to take pictures of birds for several days in the jungle without recharging. I often mention this camera in my blog posts.
I hope that Fujifilm will continue to upgrade this Finepix HS50 EXR camera by creating higher version with 50x or even 60x optical zoom. However, I am sad to read that the company has discontinued the production and further development this electronic product.

Beach Kingfisher

I was in Waisai town of Raja Ampat a few days ago for meeting with other local guides. During that trip I had a short birding walk in a small cape near the harbor. It was morning time and the activity of birds were quite high. Birds that I saw at that time were Willie Wagtail, Coconut Lorikeet, Moustached Treeswift, Singing Starling and Beach Kingfisher.
I brought with me a pair of 10×42 mm Visionking roof prism binoculars, and my old bridge camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. Because I was watching birds from the second floor of a building, I could easily find birds that were perching on the surrounding trees. I could also see some singing starlings that were sitting on top of navigation lamp post that stood on the shallow water of the cape. After watching birds for approximately 30 minutes, I walked down the building and had a short walk to the side and backyard of the building. There was a gazebo on the shallow water right below the cape. It was connected to the cape by wooden bridge. I walked to the gazebo. I could hear the sound of various species of birds in that small forest but could not see them easily due to the enormous number of leaves, branches and twigs of the trees in the steep slopes of the cape. So, I walked back to the top of the cape.

Soon I was able to take pictures of rainbow lorikeet. I gave up hope of seeing Beach Kingfisher that was calling from inside the bush of the trees. One hour later I could hear the sound of the Beach Kingfisher (Todiramphus saurophagus). The bird had flown on to dead branches of a tree above the sea. He called his female counterpart for a few minutes from that naked branches. As soon as I saw him, I quickly turned on my camera and aimed it at the bird. I was able to take some good pictures of the bird. He was approximately 40 meters away from me. I used maximum zoom of my camera. Less than 3 minutes later, he flew away.
About Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat islands are very beautiful destination for visitors who like marine tourism such as swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. The islands are also perfect places for birding. I have guided visitors to Raja Ampat both for birding, snorkeling and sightseeing.
White Sandy beach in an uninhabited island in Raja Ampat
There are hundreds of islands in this regency that are surrounded by pristine coral reef and covered by pristine rainforest. Every year thousands of visitors go there to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and kayaking. But there are also significant percentage of visitors who go there for watching birds particularly the Wilson's Bird of Paradise and Red Bird of Paradise.

Coconut Lorikeet in Waigeo Island of Raja Ampat

This is Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) that I saw at a cape near the harbor of Waisai town in Raja Ampat. I was doing a short birding walk in that cape before leaving for Sorong town. I was trying to find a Beach Kingfisher that was calling from trees at the lower area of the cape when I saw this lorikeet walking on the branch of a tree near me.
The Coconut Lorikeet was feeding on nectar of flowers in that tree. Actually there were more lorikeets in other nearby trees but branches and leaves covered those birds.
Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) in Raja Ampat
In the past this coconut lorikeet was categorized in one group with Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus). The coconut lorikeet has got red and dark blue stripes on his or her breast. Because the birds have got beautiful feather, it is often caught and sold as pets.
Birding is an environmentally friendly sport or tourism activity. To enjoy birdwatching, at least, we need a good pair of binoculars.

Slender-Billed Cuckoo Dove

When I was guiding two Australian and one Chinese birders in Arfak mountains to watch Magnificent Bird of Paradise, I saw a bird landed on a tree near me. It was feeding on small yellow fruits some 10 meters above my head. I slowly moved under the branches and leaves and then carefully aimed my Fujifilm HS50EXR at the bird. There was a small window among the thick green leaves above my head where I could see the bird.
Brown Cuckoo Dove
Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove in Arfak Mountains
I turned the lens of my camera to maximum zoom (1,000 mm) and pressed the shutter button to shoot the bird. This bird was called Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove also called Brown Cuckoo Dove. He turned his body on the same branch and sat for a while perhaps trying to find out what happened downed there. I thought the sounds of my camera had attracted his attention.
Brown Cuckoo Dove of New Guinea
Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove in Arfak range of Manokwari
Again, I aimed my camera at the Cuckoo Dove and shot him several times. I was happy with the results. Birding in tropical rainforest was quite difficult because we could not see the birds easily. Most birds sat on the branches of trees on the canopy of the forest. Birders could not easily find them because of obstructions from the branches, twigs, vines, and leaves.
Most often, the birds sit in tall trees making it difficult to take picture of them using ordinary pocket camera. Carrying a D-SLR camera with telephoto lenses is a good solution. However, such camera is very expensive. I recommend bridge camera with telephoto lens such as the Nikon B700, Nikon P900 and Nikon P1000. The camera is suitable for wildlife watching and birding.

Yellow-billed Kingfisher

This is the photograph of Yellow-Billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) that lives in the forest of New Guinea especially in the lowland and lower montane forest. I often guide tourists on riverwalk birding expedition in Manokwari regency for visitors who want to watch such birds as Blyth's hornbill, Dollarbird, Willie Wagtail, Little Egret, Yellow Faced Myna, Large Tailed Nightjar, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and even the Black-capped Pygmy Parrot.
The duration of the tour is 3 to 4 days. Because there is no guest house in the forest, we will provide dome tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils as well as spotting scope and binoculars for visitors.
Booking
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Birding Tour to Raja Ampat

Red Bird of Paradise
I offer birding tour to Raja Ampat for visitors who want to watch such birds as Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica), Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra), Radjah Shelduck, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Olive-backed Sunbird, Pacific Swallow, Beach Kingfisher, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Frigatebird, Singing Starling and Crested Tern and a lot more.
The duration of this birding tour can be as short as three days or as long as one full week. It can also be combined with swimming and snorkeling activities in the front waters of the guesthouse where we stay or even in an uninhabited island that we visit.
If you are interested in taking a birding tour in Raja Ampat and want me to be your private guide, please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Blyth's Hornbill

This is the picture of Blyth's hornbill bird that I saw in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari when I was guiding a French tourist. This bird is very common in Lowland Forest. I spent four days/ three nights hiking, camping and interacting with local people in the area.
Blyth's Hornbill

I have organized numerous birding and camping tours to Mesirrokow forest for visitors who come from French, China, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands to watch birds and other wild animals that live in the forest.
If you are interested in visiting Manokwari to enjoy riverwalk, swimming, camping and birding, the most recommended site is Mesirrokow forest. Please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180 to book your tour. Thank you.

Birding in West Papua

Here is the picture of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that I saw while I was guiding Gauri, a lady from India on a 2-week nature tour, snorkeling, and birding trip in Raja Ampat, Sorong regency, and the Arfak mountains. We visited remote uninhabited islands, villages and walked through empty road in the jungle to find tropical birds, butterflies, cuscus possum and wild flowers. We also enjoyed swimming and snorkeling at secluded white sandy beaches of Raja Ampat to see its coral reef and colorful fish.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Waigeo island
While in Raja Ampat, we did not go to places that had been frequently visited by tourists such as southern area of Waigeo, Kri, Gam, Mansuar and Arborek islands. Instead, we went to eastern region of Waigeo. We went to Sopen village and explored its nearby islands, i.e. Waim and Mamiaef. We also did rainforest tour through a river in the north of the village and then continued our trip southward to Yen-Papir Karst. Here, went hiking to the top of one of the islets to see its beautiful scenery. Standing on the top of the rock island inside the karst formation, we felt as if we were looking over a huge lake.
Sightseeing tour to Yenpapir karst
Yenpapir Karst in Raja Ampat

Olive-backed Sunbird in Waigeo island
Sahul Sunbird
I brought several sets of snorkeling equipments (masks, snorkels, lifejackets) and birding devices (binoculars, spotting scope and bridge camera Fujifilm HS50EXR) during the tour.
During our birding tour in eastern region of Waigeo, we also Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Red Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, Beach Kingfisher, Olive-backed Sunbird, Black Sunbird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Lesser-crested Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Pacific Swallow, White-breasted Wood Swallow.
In Sorong, we saw Lesser Birds of Paradise, Northern Cassowary, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, and a lot of other birds during the tour.
In Arfak range, we saw Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill, Western Parotia, and Vogelkop Bowerbird.

Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Yellow Capped Pygmy Parrot
There is a nice birding site in northwest region of Manokwari. Its name is Mesirrokow. It is located deep in the forest. To reach it, visitors need to go there by car, and then continue their trip on foot through the forest and through the river. Various species of birds can be seen along the banks of the river such as Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), Glossy Manucode (Manucodia ater), Little-Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) and a lot more.
There is no guesthouse in the jungle, so, our accommodation will be portable dome tents. Cooking and eating utensils are provided.
Birding in the forest along the Mesirrokow river is easy because the open space is very wide. A good pair of binoculars and a spotting scope will enhance the birding experience.

Hiking and Birding in Mesirrokow forest
In addition to birding, visitors can enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Fishing can be done in the river too.
Also read: Birding Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest

Watching Birds in Tambrauw Mountains

Male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Here is the picture of male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in tropical rainforest of Tambrauw mountains. The bird can be found in lowland and lower montane forest. Visitors who want to go there can also see other birds such as Black Capped Lory, Forest Kingfisher, Egret, Variable Goshawk, King Bird of Paradise, Golden Myna, and a lot of species of birds that live in lower to upper montane forest areas of the regencies.
As a tour guide, I can organize a birding trip for visitors who want to see rainforest environment and enjoy birding. I can guide single traveler and also groups of visitors. Because the cost of a chartered 4wd car is quite expensive, I suggest that birdwatchers come in a group of 2 to 4 people.

How to get there?

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia
  • Continue your trip to Manokwari city by taking a domestic flight
  • I will meet you in Manokwari and organize your hiking and birding trip in Tambrauw Mountains
What to bring
In general, every birdwatcher knows what they should bring when going to the forest for birding such as a good pair of binoculars, spotting scope and tripod, laser pointer. For birding in Tambrauw mountains, a field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is highly recommended.
Booking
Please, contact me by e-mail to: leororing@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp number: +6281332245180.

Birding Trip to Tambrauw Mountains

Moustached Treeswift in Aibogiar ridge of
Tambrauw Mountains
This is the picture of Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea) that I see in Aibogiar ridge of Tambrauw Mountains. I visited that region to watch birds and explore the tropical rainforest that covers most of its slopes, ravines and valleys. I also saw Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot and a lot of other birds that make the forest of Tambrauw as its habitat. Tambrauw regency is located between Sorong and Manokwari. It has got the potentials to be developed as a highly recommended destination for birdwatchers.
How to get there?
Tambrauw Mountains
If you want to enjoy hiking and birding in Tambrauw Mountains, here is the routes that you can take to reach the region.

  • First, fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After that, take a domestic flight to Sorong city.
  • I could meet you at the airport and organize your birding and wildlife watching trip to Tambrauw.
What to bring
In general, every birdwatcher knows what they have to bring when they want to enjoy birding in the forest. Here are some of the things that visitors need:
  • A good pair of binoculars and spotting scopes
  • Digital camera with telephoto lens
  • Field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler
  • Flash light/ torch
  • Ponco
  • Ziploc plastic bags to protect your electronics in case of rainings
Booking


Traveling to Tambrauw Mountains is quite expensive. I suggest that visitors travel in group to share the cost. If you are interested in going to Tambrauw Mountains, please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

This is the picture of Great Cuckoo Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardti) that was made by a Belgian tourist in the forest of Tambrauw Mountains. There are a lot of beautiful birds which visitors can see while traveling to the regency. Birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) and Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Diphylodes magnificus) can be found in region.

As a guide, I could organize tour to the regency for visitors who are interested in seeing rainforest environment. Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Palm Cockatoo

Palm Cockatoo
Here are some pictures of Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus). Actually local people call the bird - Kakaktua Raja (meaning: King Cockatoo). The bird lives in tropical rainforest of New Guinea and its surrounding islands. As a tourist guide, I provide birding tours to anybody who is interested in watching King Cockatoo and other tropical birds in lowland forest especially in Manokwari or Raja Ampat.
How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Continue your trip to Manokwari, I will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to the forest.

Kakatua Raja (meaning: King Cockatoo)
What to bring:
A good pair of binoculars
Clothing that is suitable for tropical region
Blanket
Anti insect lotion
Field guide book: Birds of New Guinea, written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler

Booking:
Please, send message to Charles Roring by email to: leororing@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180

Large Tailed Nightjar

This is the picture of Large-Tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus). I saw it in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari. The birds are usually active at nights. They like to sit among tall grass near rivers.
In addition to watching the nightjar, we can also watch Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Blyth's Hornbill, Brahminy Kite, and a lot more.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp message to: +6281332245180 if you are interested in exploring tropical rainforest and birding with me.

Lesser Birds of Paradise

Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
This is the picture of male Lesser Birds of Paradise that lives in tropical rainforest of New Guinea. Its natural habitat can be found in Vogelkop (Klasow valley, Tambrauw Mountains and Arfak mountains of Manokwari), Bomberai peninsula, Kaimana regency, Yapen Waropen, Sarmi, Jayapura and northern region of Papua New Guinea.
Susnguakti Forest of Arfak Mountains
In Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains, visitors can watch these birds. To watch male birds of paradise perform mating dance in the branches of trees, we have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00 After that we need to have tea or coffee and make some preparation for long walk through the jungle to reach the birding ground of the paradise birds. They usually dance from 06.00 to 09.00. We need to watch them with binoculars. They are very beautiful. They are also active in the afternoons from 15.00 to 17.00.
Susnguakti forest is located in lower montane area of Arfak mountains, it is also the natural habitat of other birds of paradise such as Magnificent Riflebird, and King Bird of Paradise. - by Charles Roring
Also read:
Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Red Bird of Paradise


Birding in Lowland Forest of Sorong

Variable Goshawk
Klasow valley in Sorong regency is a nice destination for birdwatcher who wants to see such birds as Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus), Variable Goshawk, Golden Myna, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Lowland Peltop, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and a lot of other birds that make the lowland rainforest of West Papua as their natural habitat.
Duration: On the average, the birding trip lasts between 4 to 5 days. Visitors can stay at a simple guesthouse built by local villagers.
How to get there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Fly to Sorong city. 
  • I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Klasow valley by a 4WD car.
If you are interested in visiting Klasow valley and enjoy birding with me, please, send email to (Charles Roring): peace4wp@gmail.com or text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180

Also read:
Watching the Courtship Dance of the Red Bird of Paradise
Watching Birds and Sea Turtle in Waigeo Island

Birding in Raja Ampat

Red Bird of Paradise
Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia have been considered as the best destination for scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities that are related to marine tourism. However, its hundreds of tropical islands are also very good destination for bird and wildlife watching. I have visited the islands a lot of times to organize marine tours as well as land tours for tourists.

Beautiful Birds

I guide birding visitors to Raja Ampat islands to see such birds as:
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita),
  • Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), 
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
  • Moluccan King Parrot,
  • Rainbow Lorikeet which is now called Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
  • Red-cheeked Parrot,
  • Great-billed Parrot
  • Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
  • Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica),
  • Hook-billed Kingfisher, 
  • Rufous Bellied Kookaburra, 
  • Sacred Kingfisher, 
  • Beach Kingfisher
  • Spice Imperial Pigeon, 
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Pied Imperial Pigeon
  • Great cuckoo Dove
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Radjah Shelduck
  • Pacific Swallow
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Sooty Tern
  • Lesser-crested Tern,
  • Striated Heron
  • Eastern Reef Egret
  • Little-pied Cormorant
  • Lesser Frigatebird, 
  • Eastern Osprey, 
  • Brahminy Kite, 
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle,
  • Torresian Crow
  • and a lot more. 
The duration of the birding walk can be as short as 2 days to as long as 1 full week. Most often, the birdwatching tour is combined with sightseeing trip by boat to various tropical islands and snorkeling activities in coral reef sites of Raja Ampat.
Guided birdwatching tour with Charles Roring
American tourists were birdwatching in Waigeo island
Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson B.O.P. and most other paradise birds are polygynous meaning that they are sexually very active and have more than one partners. To attract females, a male Red B.O.P. has to creates beautiful sounds of calls, perform a courtship dance to show his bright color plumage. This mating ritual, if I may call it, is performed early in the mornings (approximately from 06.00 to 09.00) and in the afternoons from around 15.00-17.00. We may consider them as philander or womanizer from the forest but these birds have to do that in order to survive.
Birding tour destination in Raja Ampat
Map Location of Raja Ampat
When you decide to take a birding trip to Raja Ampat islands, there are certain things that you need to bring such as:
  • A good pair of binoculars
  • Birding camera
  • A spotting scope (optional)
  • Watch/ alarm clock to manage your wake-up and birding time.
  • Field guide book Birds of New Guinea
  • Hat that you may need to use when birding during sunny days
  • Anti-insect lotion/ spray
  • Darker color clothing (dark green t-shirt and etc.)
  • Flashlight
Visitors who also want to enjoy snorkeling could bring their snorkeling sets (masks, snorkels, and fins) as well as underwater camera.
If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Also read:
Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Marine Life in Raja Ampat
Snorkeling Tours in Raja Ampat

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua

Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
The mountain range of Tambrauw is located between Manokwari and Sorong. It is one of the best birding site in New Guinea. A lot of species of birds live there including Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-faced Myna, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Mountain Peltops, and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.
As a tour guide, I could organize birding trip to the area especially for visitors who want to spend multiple days birding in the lower montane and upper montane forest of Tambrauw.
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
Because of its remote location, I highly suggest that visitors go in a group of 3 to 4 people or more to share the cost of transportation, food and accommodation. Most of Tambrauw regency is covered by pristine rainforest. For birding sites that are located deep in the forest, we will provide tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils for our clients.
Most birdwatchers know what they have to bring when going on a birding trip. Usually a pair of binoculars and a camera with telephoto lens will be needed for the purpose. Sometimes, laser pointer is used to show where a bird sits in a high tree. I personally use a Visionking 10×42mm binoculars that are equipped with Bak 4 Prism and multi-coated lens. For watching birds in an open forest area, I bring a Kinglux 20-60×60 mm spotting scope that is mounted on a tripod. It gives me clear view of birds in high trees especially when the weather is good.
If you are interested in taking a birding tour in Tambrauw mountains and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: leororing@gmail.com or whatsapp to: +6281332245180

Camping and Birding in Arfak Mountains

Common Paradise Kingfisher
Arfak mountains have been famous as one of the most important destinations among birdwatchers. There are several places in the region that are frequently visited by foreign birdwatchers who want to see paradise birds. One of them is Susnguakti forest. It is located in the south of Manokwari city approximately one hour by car. To watch birds such as Magnificent Riflebird, Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), and Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) visitors need to stay for at least 2 to 3 days in the mountains. As of today, there is no guesthouse in the jungle of Mount Mabowi. So, birdwatchers need to stay in tents in campsites that have been prepared by local guides.
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. For instance, Lesser Birds of Paradise like to gather and dance at around 06.00. So, visitors need to wake up early at 05.00. After drinking tea or coffee and some biscuits or bread, they have to walk for 20 minutes to the birding ground. They can watch the birds until 09.00. In addition to watching Lesser B.O.P., visitors can watch King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Hooded Butcherbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and a lot of other birds that are endemic to New Guinea.
Birders, in general, bring their own binoculars, and spotting scope. Some also bring Swiss Army Knife, GPS tracker, and sound recording device. I highly recommend a field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Than K. Pratt, and Bruce Beehler.
Cuscus Possum in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari.
Night walk is usually carried out by local villagers and guide to find cuscus possum. In certain places, villagers and tourists will stop and sit on the ground. After that, one of the villagers will immitate the sound of female cuscus to attract the male one. When the call is being done, all flash lights have to be off. Glowing mushrooms can also be seen at night especially during rainy season.
Bringing a portable dome tent is a good idea but not a must. There are some campsites in the forest of Mount Susnguakti which I, and local villagers built for visitors. There are also plates, glasses, and cooking pans. With all of the available equipment, I hope that visitors who go to the forest can enjoy their birding trip in the area well.
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Birding Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest

Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
West Papua has been considered as a world class destination for birding. There are a lot of places in this region where birdwatchers can visit to see colorful birds including several species of birds of paradise. One of the birding sites that I know is the lowland forest of Manokwari. It is located in the western area of the city and can be reached by car. The birding ground itself is located deep in the forest. Visitors have to walk through the jungle, and cross rivers to reach it.
The lowland forest is the natural habitat of such birds as Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Golden Myna (Mino anais), Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), Glossy Manucode (Manucodia ater), Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), and a lot more.
The Birding Tour
Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Visitors stay for 3 to 5 days in the forest and do hiking a long the sides of the river to see birds. There are no hotels or resorts in the area, visitors stay in tents which they need to bring for the trip.
Day 1
We will start the tour by going to the market to buy food supplies. After that we will charter a car that will bring us to the entrance point of the lowland forest. We will continue our trip on foot. After one hour walking, we will arrive at Campsite 1. We will install our tents and put our bags in them. While our local guides prepare our lunch or evening food, we can start birding immediately.  Birds such as Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon) and Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) are some of the target birds that we will try to find in the surrounding area.
Overnight stay in Campsite 1 near the river
Day 2
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
The next morning, we will have tea and coffee before dismantling our tents and walk deeper into the jungle. Usually between 05.30 to 07.00 we could see a lot of bird activities where Sulphur Crested Cockatoes go out of their nests and Blyth's hornbill birds begin to fly over the sky to find fruits. In the middle of the day, we will rebuild out tents in Campsite 2.
There are also Yellow-faced Myna, Moustached Treeswift, Dollarbird and Pinon Imperial Pigeon that like to have sunbathing under the morning sun before flying away to any corners of the forest. We could do night walk to find Papuan Frogmouth or Fruit Bat and other birds that sleep in lower branches of the trees at night but difficult to be seen during the day. Overnight Stay in Campsite 2
Day 3
Birding Walk
We expect more bird activity in the forest and hopefully, we could find birds such as Spangled Drongo, Golden Myna, Magnificent Riflebird, Hooded Butcherbird, Pink-spotted Fruitdove. We will walk around to find Western-Crowned Pigeon, Variable Goshawk, Helmetted Friarbird, Large Fig Parrot.
Overnight stay in Campsite 2.
Day 4
We will walk back to main road. It takes approximately several hours to reach it. During the riverwalk, we will be able to see more birds and wild animals.
We will return to Manokwari city again by car.

What to bring:
Visitors who want to do birdwatching in this area need to bring binoculars, spotting scope, field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler, and flashlight.
What we provide:
As tour guide, I provide sleeping bags, tents, eating utensil and cooking equipment.
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